Strategic Plan


Creating a bold future with a Strategic Plan, Focused for Impact 2020-2025.

We recognize that our patrons’ needs and expectations are expanding exponentially. This plan incorporates best practices while allowing the flexibility to respond to the fast-paced changes around us. We also recognize that our patrons are not the only ones experiencing change; DML is changing, too. Well within the timeline of this new Strategic Plan, we will fulfill our 2012 promise to Montgomery County voters to provide 16 new or extensively renovated branches, a new Main Library, and a consolidated back-office Operations Center. With state-of-the-art facilities, and this Strategic Plan as our roadmap, we are excited to realize our vision for a vibrant Library that sparks a thriving community.

During our planning process, we asked community leaders, organizational partners, staff, and patrons how they wanted the Library to serve the Dayton region. With the unveiling of Focused for Impact, opens a new window, we are striving for these aspirations:

  • KNOW: Enhance the community’s quality of life.
  • LEARN: Expand youth horizons for learning.
  • SHARE: Multiply potential through relationships, engagement, and communication.
  • TRUST: Strengthen human, physical, and financial assets.
  • BRIDGE: Build equity in the community.


Dayton Metro Library will work to Inform, Inspire and Empower the community. The Library resources and services you value are nestled firmly within this plan. You can count on DML for engaging youth programs and school partnerships, workforce development support, and outreach for older Americans. You’ll also see a dedicated focus on increasing equity, with greater investment in partnerships that elevate the whole community. This Strategic Plan will serve as a roadmap to guide the Library into the future, you can read more in our printable version, opens a new window.

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